Time. It’s our perception of it that gives it specific meaning. It really all depends on whether you’re waiting for something to happen or to stop happening. This isn’t exactly profound, because anyone who has ever visited the dentist knows exactly what I’m talking about.
The most difficult trick, though, is to try to be present in the present – to fully understand that this is now. We humans seem to be very much beings ‘out of time’. We spend so much of our lives either brooding over past events that we can’t change, or dreaming about a future that may never happen. In reality (and I use the term more for convenience, rather than accuracy, here), all we have is now. The concept of time is a convenient illusion that allows us to remember to flush and to stop ourselves from going completely bananas.
From a personal perspective, up until a couple of weeks ago, my thoughts were continually ricocheting off events that I had imagined for myself in a semi-tangible future. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men… When you know your destination, you can look for the best path and set your pace accordingly, but when you are utterly lost, any direction is as good as another and it’s best to set your pace for the long haul. You’ll end up somewhere – it’s only a question of time.